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        College of Performing Arts
        Welcome Center | Office of Admission
        72 Fifth Avenue
        New York, NY 10011
        212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040
        performingarts@newschool.edu

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    • Renowned for our innovation and creativity, the School of Drama will provide you with the creative, intellectual and technique training to become a skilled, dynamic actor and relevant 21st century artist.

      Working in New York City, the world's most creative community, and under the expert instruction of top working professionals and internationally acclaimed guest artists, you'll refine your skills as both an interpretive and generative artist for stage and camera.

      With a dedication to interdisciplinary experiences, collaborative training and authenticity of expression, the School of Drama's undergraduate and graduate programs offer unparalleled training for actors who seek to work across styles, genres and media.

      In addition to our accomplished roster of faculty members, you will have the opportunity to work with exciting industry partners like Ping Chong & Co, Tectonic Theatre Project and more.

      The BFA program gives acting students foundational, intermediate and advanced courses in a wide range of techniques and styles for stage and for camera. Voice, speech, dance and movement classes continue the development of the acting craft. Studio presentations, mainstage productions, and student-led Creative Cafe projects offer students ample and diverse performance opportunities. Undergrad BFA students on the acting track have the opportunity to participate in an industry showcase in their senior year.

      The School of Drama's three-year MFA program in Acting provides rigorous, collaborative training for students who wish to enter the profession as unique, adaptive, and highly valued artists on stage and on camera. With exploration of classic, contemporary and devised texts, individualized guidance by award-winning faculty, and a rich array of performance opportunities, students are challenged to hone their technique, artistry and creativity intelligence. Professional development is cultivated via our wide network of contacts, with particular focus in the third year of training, culminating with an industry showcase.

  • Degree Programs

     Learn more about the interdisciplinary degrees offered in the School of Drama:

  • Performance & Learning Opportunities

    Go beyond the edge of the stage. Discovering new ways to unleash your talent and potential. Through our performance opportunities, you have the chance to bring your art to life while gaining hands-on experience through creative experimentation.

    BFA Drama
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    PL Opp 3

    Collaborative Partnerships

    Create bold, innovative theater under the guidance of industry leaders.

    Take devised collaborative theater production to new heights. Through the School of Drama's partnerships with companies like the Tectonic Theater Project, you'll have the opportunity to approach staging theater productions in new ways, leveraging the relevance, vibrancy, and innovation that are hallmarks of Tectonic's work. Collaborate directly with Tectonic teaching artists and our faculty as you push your skills outside of your discipline and learn how to employ every element of the theatrical machine towards making narrative, including lights, props, costumes, and text.

    Creative Café

    Where entrepreneurial drive and creative expression collide.

    Have a creative vision you want to bring to life? Creative Café is the spot. Creative Café offers BFA students the opportunity to propose and produce self-directed projects with resources from the School of Drama. Work under the close guidance of a Faculty Advisor, getting hands-on producing experience managing a project from start to finish. Develop the skills that will be demanded of as you as a professional artist while collaborating with undergrad and graduate students from across The New School community to bring your studio performance to life. A creative and entrepreneurial spirit is required.

    MFA Cinema Project Workshop

    Narrative short-film making through interdisciplinary collaboration.

    Come together with fellow graduate students from the College of Performing Arts to collaborate on the development, production, and completion of an original short film. The Cinema Project Workshop pairs MFA Drama writers, directors, and actors together with the producers, cinematographers, editors, and sound designers from the School of Media Studies. During the fall semester, you'll master the theories and principles of filmmaking through a series of short projects. In spring, join a student production team to bring an original screenplay to life, featuring scores by Mannes and Jazz composers.




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Undergraduates

To apply to any of our Bachelor's programs (Except the Bachelor's Program for Adult Transfer Students) complete and submit the Common App online.

Graduates and Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Master's, Doctural, Professional Studies Diploma, Graduate Certificate, or Associate's programs, or to apply to the Bachelor's Program for Adult and Transfer Students, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

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